Category: Soccer News

Bari vs Latina – Italy Serie B 08/06/2014

Bari vs Latina

Bari news:

Nothing can stop them. They passed victoriously from Calabria beating Crotone 3-0, more difficult than the final score shows and took the ticket to the playoffs’s semifinals.

Their goals were scored by Galano in 28′, Joao Silva in 92′ and Sciaudone in 95′. The hosts prevailing an incredible enthusiasm. The 56.000 tickets released for the current match against Latina have been sold out from Thursday.

They have won the 12 of their last 16 matches and while they have also won 10 of their last 12 home matches.

Latina news:

They failed to defeat Spezia in the last race of the regular season, but their fate was predestined from the moment that at the same time Empoli had won Pescara. The third place was taken by “the Nerazzurri” ensures the absolute home advantage at the playoffs, but the obstacle of Bari at the moment seems extremely difficult.

Their valuable center-forward, Jonathas (33 app./14 goals), is back.

They have seen under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 away matches.

Bari vs Latina history : No previous matches

Germany vs Cameroon International Friendly 01/06/2014

Germany vs Cameroon

Germany news:

  • Head coach has cut 4 players from his team will field an experimental XI here.
  • There was not much to be taken from the goalless match against Poland on Tuesday, with a field full of debutants unable to impress all that much.
  • That could mean a start for Miroslav Klose in attack ahead of Kevin Volland.

Cameroon news:

  • The so-called bigger names of Pierre Webo, Alex Song, Samuel Eto’o and Jean Makoun could all come in to the Cameroon starting lineup after missing out against Paraguay.
  • This time around it might be more like the squad that will start against Mexico on June 13 in the second game of the Mundial.

France vs Paraguay International Friendly 01/06/2014

France vs Paraguay

France news:

  • Valbuena was the star of the show in the match against Norway and he absolutely confirmed his starting spot on the right wing, so Didier Deschamps could give Grenier a chance.
  • Remy scored against Norway and could have earned himself a starting position in today’s match.
  • Didier Deschamps will pick a strong team in this friendly game, but he could possibly make some changes from the 4-0 win over Norway last time out.

Paraguay news:

  • Head coach Victor Genes is going to make a few changes from the team that beat Cameroon on Thursday.
  • He has a very inexperienced squad for these friendlies and will probably continue to experiment, though he may favour the more experienced Jose Nunez alongside captain Santa Cruz in attack.

Gremio vs Palmeiras – Brazil Serie A

Match Facts:

  • Gremio have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 games against Palmeiras in all competitions.
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Palmeiras’s last 5 matches in Brasileirao.
  • Home team have won their last 6 home games in Brasileirao.

Corinthians vs Botafogo – Brazil Serie A

Match Facts:

  • Botafogo are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 games against Corinthians in all competitions.
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 21 of Corinthians’s last 22 matches in Brasileirao.
  • Corinthians are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 home games in Brasileirao.

Cameroon vs Paraguay : Last tests in Austria

Cameroon vs Paraguay

Cameroon news:

The imposing qualification African’s zone playoffs against Tunisia, the mixture of experienced and talented players, but especially the tradition that “Lions” have,  are elements which justify a certain optimism for the upcoming World Cup .

Cameroon makes their debut on 13 of June against Mexico for the first group, which is  completed by  Brazil and Croatia. They are one of the most experienced teams of Africa. They have seven appearances in the final phase of the World Cup, but they have not succeed something special in recent years. Volker Finke is the head coach on their bench. His most important incumbency was as a coach of Freiburg.

On Monday night in Skopje they defeated 2-0 without Samuel Eto’o in the lineup. They lost the experienced center forward Webo due to injury. Despite initial concerns,  it was proved that the injury of Fenerbahce’s  forward was not serious. Although, in today’s game he will not take any chances.

The main stage of preparation takes place in Austria. The program includes two more friendly matches, one in Germany and a second one in the capital Yaoundé against Moldova on 7 of June. It was originally scheduled to play at home against Guatemala, but Guatemala postponed the game for safety reasons.

Paraguay news:

After four consecutive appearances in the final stages, Paraguay will see this year’s World Cup on television. They completely failed in South American’s qualifiers  where they finished in last place, even below Volivia.

They invited six players from the domestic league champion, Cerro Porteno. Paraguay have too many new faces to the selection. Those who play in the league of Mexico are missing. They are not few and by this time of the year they are on vacation.

On Sunday they complete their  friendly matches in Nice against France. They prepare the group that will take part in the Copa America, which will be held next summer in Chile.

Cameroon vs Paraguay : No previous matches.

Shock after Rafael’s Van Der Faart injury 28/05/2014

The painful tradition for Holland keeps well. We will go in this World Cup with a long break. Rafael Van Der Faart will not be able to offer his services to the team.

The midfielder of Hamburg suffered an injury in the tibia in yesterday’s workout  at Portugal and the tests showed the seriousness of the problem obtained by the 30 year old and lead him  to exclusion from the 23 selected players  for the planet’s  top football  rendezvous.

Van der Faart who was present in both previous two World Cups and was the most experienced player for the Dutch technical team for Brazil, having 109 entries, was expected to be among the 23 selected players for Luis Van Gaal. He had made his debut in the national team in 2001 when Luis Van Gaal was sitting on the bench for Holland.

This is the third loss due to injury for the 2010’s finalists after Gregory Van Der Wiel and Kevin Strootman and he will be replaced either from the leader of Eindhoven Georginio Wijnaldum  or young Feyenoord’s  ace Tonny Vilhena.

Barcelona Club Announces the Acquisition of Luis Enrique and Marc-André ter Stegen 24/05/2014

No surprise comes with Barcelona FC Monday announcement that former player Luis Enrique has been appointed as the new coach for the Catalans, since both sides have come to an agreement for some weeks ago. “Luis Enrique was chosen as coach of the first team, after a positive recommendation of the athletic director, Andoni Zubizarreta. He has signed a contract for the next two seasons”, the statement said.
A few days before Luis Enrique was reluctant to give Barcelona’s name as his new home and upon leaving Celta he stated “Today is a very sad day, for me. I feel very close to the club and those who work for it. I wish Celta the best and she will forever be in my heart”.
This will be the third stop in, 44 year old, Enrique’s coaching career, after Roma and Celta, to which he gave a very good season. The first steps in coaching for Enrique were in Barcelona’s second team. As a player he was part of Barcelona’s roster from 1996 till 2004 with 207 appearances and 73 goals.

At the same time, Barca formalized the acquisition of Marc-André ter Stegen from Borussia Mönchengladbach for approximately 12 million euros.

The 22 year old goalkeeper is the first addition of Barcelona for the summer period transfers. The transfer was made possible for the Catalans following the suspension of the transfer ban imposed on the club.

Flamengo vs Bahia – Brazil Serie A 21/05/2014

Flamengo vs Bahia

Flamengo news:

The first half gone for Flamengo while they were trying to adapt to their coach’s directions (0-1 in 23′ minute), they played better in the second half but that was not enough. Sao Paolo took advantage of a counterattack in 91′ and sealed their fair win. Flamengo had a chance when the ball hit the post.

This was a negative debut for the new coach, with many problems in all major lines, goalkeeper Felipe was the weak link without doubt.”We were below our capabilities”, Ney Franco said.

Bahia news:

The away match against Sport will be held on 4 of June, which was postponed due to episodes at Recife.

In the last game for the league they drew 1-1 against Vitoria at Salvador’s derby. They have been more active in the first half, created good chances but the goal came against them when the opponent scored in the 39′ minute. They were decisive in the second half, they came out on the attack and fought to the end, avoiding defeat in the 91′ minute.

Generally they have made a good start, relying mainly on the good work they do in the inhibitory part of their play.

Coritiba vs Internacional – Brazil Serie A 21/05/2014

Coritiba vs Internacional

Coritiba news:

Unable to react to Cruzeiro crosses,  they were losing 2-1 at halftime, although in between they had equalized with Alex’s header. They equalized for a second time with Neto’s header in 55′ but subsequently they suffered heavy pressure, the opponent had a great chance when the ball hit the post and finally scored 3-2 in 69′.

They were left with the good  impressions but  they have complained about two penalties.

Internacional news:

They were inattentive to the final attempt , they could not find the goal that would give them the win at “Santa Catarina”.

They were hardly threatened and played with more players from the 43′ minute, but D’Alessandro was limited and this cost them creatively.

Internacional did not manage to win but they stayed on the top of the league.